Aftercare Instructions for Crowns/Bridges/Filing
Anesthetic Numbness:? When anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for a few hours after the appointment. Avoid hot beverages, eating hot foods, or biting your lip until the numbness is completely worn off.
Temporary Crowns and Bridges:? Temporary crowns and bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the final restorations are being made. Occasionally a temporary may come off. Call us at (435) 674-3100 if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it or give you other instructions if you are out of town. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.? Avoid eating sticky foods or hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don?t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary; rather, pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
Sensitivity:? It is normal to have some hot and cold sensitivity after fillings or crown and bridge appointments. The teeth require some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive until then. Your gums around the teeth and the injection sites may also be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day will reduce pain and swelling. A mild pain medication (one tablet of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin) every 3-4 hours) should ease any remaining discomfort. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at (435) 674-3100.
Care For Your New Teeth:?Daily plaque removal and regular cleaning appointments are critical for the long-term success of your new teeth.? Avoid sticky or hard foods and substances (such as sticky candy, ice, fingernails, or pencils). Smoking will stain your new teeth. Avoid foods that stain such as red wine, coffee, tea and berries.? If you play sports let us know so we can make a custom mouth guard. If you grind your teeth at night, wear the night guard we have made for you.? Flossing bridges is different than normal flossing?you have to go under them.? Make sure to use the recommended special flossing aids for this.